By Alex Griswold ESPN Staff The National Anthem protests are becoming a political issue in the United States, and they are becoming so.
As ESPN Insider Adam Himmelsbach wrote in the week of the inauguration, the issue is becoming “a serious political matter in the eyes of the electorate.”
And this is why, Himmles wrote, the players are protesting the national anthem by taking a knee during the playing of the national song.
“It’s not that the players want to protest, it’s just that the anthem is becoming a topic of conversation and a political statement,” Himmelses said.
“The players are doing what they can do to bring awareness to the issue.
It’s not just a matter of patriotism, it is also about bringing attention to the racial inequities that have been highlighted throughout the country over the past several years.”
In other words, the protesters are acting as a political tool to get attention for their cause.
And they’re doing it in a way that is not just peaceful but also politically effective.
As Himmler put it, “the players are being a part of the protest movement, the way they are.”
And they are doing it by putting their bodies in harm’s way.
In a recent report on NFL player protests, Hitts wrote that “the national anthem has become a focal point for a national conversation about race, justice and police brutality.
And while the protests are not specifically about President Donald Trump, they are part of a larger effort by athletes and other athletes to protest police violence and injustice, and to push back against systemic racism.”
In that same report, Himms added, “The national anthem is also a rallying cry for those who support Black Lives Matter, who have also become vocal about the need to combat police brutality and injustice.”
This is exactly what is happening.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement Tuesday saying that the league is “aware of the issue and taking steps to address it.
The league is trying to address the issue, but it is not being transparent about the way it is doing so. “
In the meantime, we encourage all players and coaches to practice respectful behavior in all forms of sports, including the national anthems.”
The league is trying to address the issue, but it is not being transparent about the way it is doing so.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
(Getty Images) The NFLPA is also not doing a great job of communicating to players about what the protest is.
The league released a statement Monday that said it is “committed to a culture of respect, and will continue its engagement with all our players to help address the issues that have come to light.”
In a statement, the NFLPA’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, said, “We are deeply concerned about the situation of the players and we want to work with our players, the league and other players’ associations to find a way to work together to address these issues.”
The players have responded to the protests in a number of ways, including via Twitter and by participating in the protests themselves.
While the players have expressed their willingness to be involved in protests in the future, there are clear signs that they are trying to stay away from the issue of protesting the anthem in a political way.
One of the most notable examples of this is the players protesting during the national Anthem before Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
It wasn’t the first time the players took a knee.
On Thursday, during the anthem before the Vikings-Eagles game, the Lions kneeled in protest of racial injustice.
The players then joined in the protest on Sunday.
But the most significant protest was the players standing during the National Anthem on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Alex Marvez reported that the NFL Players Association is taking a different approach to the national issue than the players who are kneeling, but that players are “still taking a stand” and are “not going to sit out the national aural conversation.”
Marvez also reported that NFL players “still plan to hold a rally on the sidelines of the game on Wednesday night.”
The protests were peaceful on Tuesday, but the league said the players’ actions were disruptive and “disruptive.”
The protest by players on Tuesday wasn’t an isolated incident, either.
Himmes reported that “in response to protests at the start of the preseason and during the first week of training camp, the Commissioner issued a memorandum directing teams to have a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with the owners and general managers to discuss ways to better manage the issue.”
He added that “The commissioner’s memorandum also calls on all owners to ensure the players feel they are being heard and respected.”
NFL Commissioner Rob Manfred.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Manfred has also spoken out against the protests, tweeting on Tuesday that “We must always remember that the only way to get a conversation going on this issue is to have people standing and talking.”
The NFL has also released a series of tweets